FNSSP Staff (bio)

Kim Kirk

My name is Kim Kirk and I am currently the program manager of the SGEI FNSSP. I am Metis and have spent most of my life in Fort Frances. I currently live in Fort Frances with my husband Gord and we have four children¨ Willem¨ Brayden¨ Brock and William.

Prior to my position as program manager¨ I was a program support teacher for the FNSSP program for 4 years. My teaching experiences come from my time in the classroom where I taught for 3 years in a 1,2,3 split class in Winnipeg and then at a private charter school in a grade 4 class in Calgary.

I love spending time with my family ¨fishing and creating stained glass° My family is also a host family to 2 players of the Fort Frances Lakers Jr. A Hockey Team. We love going to games and showing them the beauty of Northwestern Ontario.

I look forward continuing my learning journey with Seven Generation Education Institute.

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Shelly Jones

Boozhoo! My name is Shelly Jones and I recently started here at Seven Generations Education Institute as a Program Support Teacher for the First Nation Student Success Program.
I am originally from Anishinaabeg of Naongashiing (Big Island) and now reside in Fort Frances with my husband, our three children, and our grand daughter. My husband of nearly 13 years is an Ojibwe language teacher so I am fortunate to have him for support as I continue on my language journey.

My three children are Breanna (20), Madeline (11), and Jack(9). Our two youngest children keep us very busy and they were both so excited when they found out what my new job was. My grand daughter is Delaina (18 months old) and she is super busy and talking so much.

I bring to this position four years experience at the Rainy River District School Board as the Aboriginal Early Years Liaison. My focus there was to support teachers in incorporating Anishinaabe culture and language in their classrooms as well as supporting families with the transition from home to the Early Years program across the schools in the district.

I look forward to working with the schools in my new position here at the
FNSSP.

Miigwech and I am looking forward to meeting
everyone

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Aimee Beazley

I would like to introduce myself as one of the new FNSSP teachers. My name is Aimee Beazley, and I’ve been living in the Fort Frances area since 1999. I was born here, but spent my childhood/teenage years in British Columbia.

I attended Mount Royal College in Calgary, AB from 1996-1998 and completed my diploma in Recreation Management. I then started working with Calgary Parks and Recreation, until deciding to return to Fort Frances in 1999. I worked in the banking industry upon my return, until 2006 when I decided to enroll in the Aboriginal Teacher Education Program with Seven Generations and Queen’s University, and became employed with the United Native Friendship Centre while I finished my education.

I have worked with the United Native Friendship Centre for the last 10 years, and learned a variety of different skills and strategies working with urban aboriginal people. I had the opportunity to work with people from all stages of life, delivering programs that focus on health, nutrition, physical fitness, diabetes education and a variety of life skills workshops. While working at the Friendship Centre I was also given the opportunity to achieve a certificate in Aboriginal Community Development, which was a two year certificate program.

I was married in 1999, and raise our 2 children with my husband. My daughter is 14, and son is 11 and they both enjoy playing hockey. They are both very active on the lake enjoying activities such as fishing, boating, snowmobiling, hunting and trapping.

I am excited at the opportunity working for Seven Generations in the 4 First Nation Community schools as a FNSSP teacher. I’m looking forward to put my teaching education into play, and bring my experiences with the Friendship centre into my new position.

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Ron Berezowski

Hi! My name is Ron Berezowski and I am the Computer / Data Specialist for the SGEI FNSSP program. I have been with the program since it started in September 2011.

I grew up in Thunder Bay and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics / Computer Science from Lakehead University.   I have worked in both the private and public sector, working with manufacturing, education, health and library systems in my ongoing IT career.

My main responsibilities with SGEI are managing the Trillium Student Information System for our FNSSP schools.   This includes training and supporting staff, providing relevant reports for the schools and upgrading the system as required. I am also responsible for collecting and analyzing results from a number of student assessment systems such as DRA, Prime and EQAO.   In addition to those duties, I also provide IT remote and onsite support to several of the school as required.

I enjoy working with the schools, staff and students in bringing technology and systems into the classroom that are helping the students as they build their skills and knowledge.   I look forward to continuing with this program as it promotes literacy and numeracy to the students and encourages them to stay in school.


Rob Perreault

Thirty-six years ago, a legend was born.  This legend was named Robert Perreault.  That’s me, but you can call me Rob.  I graced the halls of SGEI starting in May of 2012 as the Information Technician for the main office in Fort Frances, ON.  Almost five years have gone by, and I now also work as IT for the First Nation Student Success Program.

I grew up on Couchiching First Nation and now live in Fort Frances with my daughters Keisha and Brooke (when she’s not in college), and 3 cats (Kitty, Smeagol, and Snoopy) and 1 dog (Lily).

I have 4 children: Brooke (19); Keisha (18); Marcus (13); and Savannah (12).

Recently divorced, I enjoy long walks on the beach, pina coladas, and getting caught in the rain.

My previous IT experience includes:

* Administering an ISP on Couchiching;
* Working technical support for Comcast while working at a call centre;
* IT work for Weechi-it-te-win Family Services

I love my work here at Seven Generations, and I am looking forward to travelling to the different communities and working with the people there to determine their Information Technology needs.

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Dennise Pemmican

Boozhoo! My name is Dennise Pemmican and a member of Wauzhushk Onigum First Nation. I am very excited for the opportunity to work with Seven Generations Education Institute and the First Nation Student Success Program as a Support Teacher.

After gaining varied and valuable experience working in the fields of retail, and most recently, mental health and social services, I chose to follow my dream of being an educator. As a graduate from Lakehead University’s Honour’s Bachelor of Education, I have been extremely fortunate to meet good people with great ideas who strive to support learners of all ages.

During my time at Lakehead, I found myself focussing on numeracy, number sense and the numerous ways to play with and talk about math. In addition to mathematics, I enjoy volunteering for community-based projects aimed at sharing land-based knowledge and teachings (such as building a birch bark canoe in 2014 and the planning of a second canoe during summer 2017.)

I will always remember the support I received as a student from my teachers, family and mentors; and I look forward to sharing that kindness by supporting our teachers, students and their families. Miigwetch!

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 Jane Tom

Hi, my name is Jane Tom. I am starting a new position in Kenora as one of the FNSSP teachers. I live in Big Grassy and have taught there for the last 20 years. Although I love being in the classroom, I thought I would try being a teacher support. I am looking forward to this new experience

I am married and have 7 children. I am glad to say I have 16 grandchildren also! Much of my time is spent with my family. In the summer, I enjoy watching family play ball or I like to be out on Lake of the Woods. In winter, I look forward to watching my hubby and grandchildren play hockey. My biggest hobby is knitting. I enjoy knitting sweaters for anyone that requests one.

I am looking forward to working with the people at 7gens and the staff and students in Grassy Narrows!